Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Student Government Association President Sarah Donahue has learned a lot in the past year, and not all of her education has been in the classroom.
Through her work with the executive leadership of SPHTM, Donahue has come to understand exactly what it takes to educate and prepare the next generation of public health professionals.
“Before becoming SGA President, I never thought about the impact that our alumni have on the student experience,” says Donahue. “They are integral to
our success as students.”
Donahue knows first-hand what a student needs to succeed in a career in public health, but as SGA President she has now come to appreciate the roles that alumni and SPHTM Annual Fund play.
This past year, the SPHTM Annual Fund supported upgrades to the computer labs used by students and faculty. Donahue said those upgrades have made a huge difference in the student experience. The lab offers skill training that allows students to be more competitive when applying for highly sought-after jobs.
“The computer lab and software have been so beneficial for students,” says Donahue. “We are all focused on life after graduation, and knowing that we can get these applicable skills from lab work is so important.”
In past years, the SPHTM Annual Fund has provided money to renovate student lounges and install video monitors. These upgrades wouldn’t be possible without alumni support. “When you give to the SPHTM Annual Fund, it impacts students,” says Donahue. “These upgrades and changes make us really appreciate our alumni.”
Donahue feels that alumni involvement is important to the overall student experience. Networking with successful alumni can help assure that Tulane students stay competitive in the workforce.
Donahue will graduate in 2014, and she knows her experience as SGA President has brought her valuable insight and created a strong connection to the school. Although she is still unsure where her future lies, she knows that she will remain engaged with Tulane throughout her life.
“I’m very grateful for my experience as SGA President,” says Donahue. “I don’t think I will remain in New Orleans after I graduate, but I want to remain connected to Tulane.”